The Largest Food
Relief the World Had
Ever Seen

Tells the Riveting Full Story

Published 11-11-2018

WWI Crusaders

“A tour-de-force history . . . A magnum opus
that celebrates
the qualities of compassion,
honor, and humanitarian virtue.”

Kirkus Reviews Starred Review & Best Books of 2018 for WWI Crusaders

       The Little-known True Story: During World War I (1914-1918), the American-led Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) and its Belgian counterpart, the Comite National (CN), initiated, organized, and supervised the largest food relief the world had ever seen. Nearly 10 million Belgians and northern French trapped behind German lines were saved from starvation during four years of the Great War. Young, idealistic Americans volunteered to go into German-occupied territory as CRB delegates to guarantee the imported food would not be taken by the Germans. These humanitarian crusaders were committed to helping the civilians and maintaining strict neutrality as they watched the Belgians suffer under the harsh German regime. It is one of America’s greatest humanitarian efforts that few know of today.

           WWI Crusaders — published 11-11-2018 to honor the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI — This is the first book for general readers that tells in one complete volume the interlacing stories of German brutality, Belgian resistance, and the American humanitarian crusaders of the CRB. The book covers from August 1914, when the war began, to May 1917, when the last U.S. delegates left Belgium because of America’s April entry into the war. The events of a century past come alive in real time as WWI Crusaders follows the lives of a handful of young CRB delegates, two U.S. diplomats, a 22-year-old Belgian woman, and those responsible for producing an underground newspaper. A substantial epilogue wraps up all major stories and people through the end of the war and beyond. (Purchase here.)

        Behind the Lines — published in 2014; available on Amazon — This award-winning book details the war’s chaotic first five months (August-December 1914), the founding of the CRB and the CN, and the initial civilian resistance to the harsh German rule. (Purchase here.)

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This blog has followed my research, writing, production, marketing and sales of Behind the Lines. Now it follows the same journey but with WWI Crusaders, while reminding readers of why we should not forget World War I and the Commission for Relief in Belgium.